Washington Court Records Search

What is Included in Washington Public Court Records

Criminal Court Cases

Assault & Battery, Domestic Violence, Parole Violation, Probation Violation, Sexual Assault, Robbery, Manslaughter, Murder, Drug Offenses, And More...

Civil Court Cases

Bankruptcies, Legal Judgments, Lawsuits, Tax & Property Liens, Contract Disputes, Probates, Family Law, Small Claims, Evictions, And More...

Traffic Court Cases

Driving Under Influence, Driving While Intoxicated, Speeding Tickets, Traffic Citations, Reckless Driving, Driving Without a License, License Suspensions, Criminal Driving Violations, Accidents, And More...

Washington Court Record Lookup

Washington WA court records are essential to executing the presiding judge’s order, whether it’s to establish child custody, collect a judgment, finalize an adoption, or clear a driving record. Washington D.C. court records are public documents and therefore available to anyone who performs Washington court records search.

Superior Court

The general trial courts of the District are separated into several specialized divisions, including civil and criminal, family court (divorces, custody, neglect, juvenile), probate (wills, estates, guardianships), family social services (juvenile crime), domestic violence, and taxes. These Washington courthouses handle all civil and criminal cases originating in the District. Minor traffic offenses and tickets are not handled by the superior court but by the Washington Department of Motor Vehicles.

Records of court cases can be searched online by conducting Washington court case lookup. Cases involving juveniles as well as those that name victims of some crimes may be restricted by confidentiality laws.

In a recent year, the superior courts disposed of over 46,000 civil and almost 20,000 criminal cases. The probate division disposed of almost 3,000 cases and family courts almost 11,000 cases. Anyone can access Washington court records online.

Appellate courts

There is one court of appeals in the District. This court hears disputed decisions from lower courts and government agencies as well as advising on cases underway in superior court (called interlocutory appeals), advising on the constitutionality of laws, and overseeing attorneys’ and judges’ professional ethics for the region.

Federal court

Each state and the District of Columbia have a branch of the federal court called U.S. District Court. This body hears cases involving violations of federal law, multi-state lawsuits, bankruptcy petitions, and the like. Records of federal cases can be accessed through a Washington court record lookup.

Washington Notable Court Cases

In State of Washington v. Jarred Ha (2016), a student was beaten by a bodybuilder after leaving an off-campus party. The defendant used his knife to stop the beating, seriously wounding the bodybuilder. Ha was then charged with assault, which can carry a sentence of up to 12 years, and was suspended from the University of Washington. The jury trial lasted two weeks and acquitted him on all charges, stating he acted in self-defense. Ha was allowed to return to school and reimbursed for all of his attorney's fees.

In State v. Brian and Hollie Beston (2009), a registered sex offender from California reported a relationship with a Washington couple who appeared to be sexually abusing their 4-year-old daughter in online photos and videos they shared with him. A search warrant was obtained and evidence of child rape and sexual abuse was found on the couple's home computer. The Bestons pleaded guilty to multiple counts of child sexual abuse and were convicted and sentenced to incarceration.

State v. John Pomeroy and Rebecca Long (2008): Someone discovered a very emaciated 14-year-old girl locked in a Carnation, Washington home and called the police for help. Law enforcement removed the girl from the property and determined that the couple had been limiting her food and water for several years, causing her to be very malnourished and underdeveloped. The defendants were sentenced to 3 ½ years in prison.

Washington Civil Case Statistics

Civil Caseload
Civil Caseload 240,140
Caseloads per 100.000 Population
Caseloads per 100.000 Population 3,295
Clearance Rate
Clearance Rate 106%
Small Claims Caseload
Small Claims Caseload 13,496

Civil Caseloads for Washington, the sum of all civil cases reported by the state, account for 1,379,197 total cases at the year end of 2016, which makes it 3,295 cases per 100.000 population.

The clearance rate for the state is about 106% which makes up by dividing the outgoing to incoming civil cases and expressing the result in a percentage.

Civil Court Incoming & Outgoing Cases 2012-2016

The number of civil court caseloads in 2016 has decreased since 2012, being 240,140 vs. 290,690, which is by 17.4 % lower than 5 years ago. The same picture is seen with clearance rates, it’s lower compared to 2012, by 15.7% being 253,399 compared to 300,488.

State Small Claims & Rates Timeline

Year: Small Claims Max. Limit Small Claims Caseload per 100.000 Population Percent of Total Civil Caseload
2012$500015,2852225%
2013$500013,6841965%
2014$500013,4461905%
2015$500014,5072025%
2016$500013,4961856%

The caseload for small claims has decreased since 2012, going from 15,285 cases a year to 13,496 of 2016. The maximum limit of small claim charges has stayed the same at $5,000 in 2016 compared to the $5,000 that was registered 5 years ago.

Accordingly the small claims rate has decreased- 185 cases per 100 000 population compared to the 222 of 2012. The total percentage of civil caseloads accounts 44.5% for the state of Washington for 2016.

Criminal Caseloads by Type

Criminal Caseloads for Washington sum in 239,711 cases at the year end of 2016 which has a share of 77% of misdemeanor and 22% of felony charges. Total criminal cases have decreased in Washington compared to the criminal caseload of 2012 - 277,627 cases. Felonies and misdemeanors have changed since 2012 by -29% and +7% accordingly.

The Proportion of Felony and Misdemeanor Caseloads

Criminal Incoming Court Cases by type 2012-2016

Criminal Caseloads Timeline

Domestic Relations Caseloads & Clearance Rates

The state’s domestic relations caseload has counted 59,949 cases which is 823 court cases per 100.000 population. It has decreased since 2012, the difference in caseloads is 4,995 for the last 5 years, being 64,944 in 2012.

State Court Holidays

Holiday: Date:
New Year's DayMonday, January 1, 2018
Martin Luther King, Jr's BirthdayMonday, January 15, 2018
Presidents' DayMonday, February 19, 2018
Memorial DayMonday, May 28, 2018
Independence DayWednesday, July 4, 2018
Labor DayMonday, September 3, 2018
Veteran's Day (Observed)Monday, November 12, 2018
Thanksgiving DayThursday, November 22, 2018
Thanksgiving FridayFriday, November 23, 2018
Christmas DayTuesday, December 25, 2018

Supreme Court Caseloads & Clearance Rates

Court of Appeals Caseloads